Management

Hovione is an independent family owned international group of companies.

The Company was founded in 1959 by Ivan and Diane Villax, and remains an independent family concern. The board is made up of Villax family members and a majority of independent non-executive directors.

The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the management of the business and is assisted by the Management Board.

The Management Board manages Hovione’s activities and each member is responsible for a specific area of the business.

Board of Directors

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Diane Villax

Founder Chairman of the Board
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Elie Vannier

Chairman of the Board

Master of Law and DEA in Political Science from Université Paris-Sorbonne

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Guy Villax

CEO and Member of the Board

Degree in Accounting and Financial Management

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Francisco van Zeller

Non-Executive Board Member

Chemical Engineer

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Sofia Villax

Non-Executive Board Member

Degree in Pharmacology

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Michel Pettigrew

Non-Executive Board Member

B.COM from McGill University, Montreal and M.B.A. from York University, Toronto

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David LaPré

Non-Executive Board Member

BSc Engineering and Life Sciences from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. M.B.A. from New York University

Committees of the
Board of Directors

Elie Vannier

Diane Villax

Francisco van Zeller

Sofia Villax

Michel Pettigrew

David LaPré

Audit, Finance and Risk

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Remuneration & Nomination

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Governance & Ethics

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Development & Technical Operations

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Executive Committee

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Guy Villax

CEO and Member of the Board

Degree in Accounting and Financial Management

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Jean-Luc Herbeaux

COO

Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Master of Science and PhD in Mechanical Engineering

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Luis Gomes

SVP Operations

Degree in Chemical Engineering

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António Almeida

CFO

Degree in Business Administration

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Filipe Gaspar

Chief Technology Officer

Degree in Chemical Engineering. PhD in Chemical Engineering

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Tiago Ferreira de Matos

General Counsel

Degree in Law. LLM in International Law and Business Administration

Also in About Hovione

History of Hovione

Hovione was established in Portugal in 1959 by Ivan Villax with his wife, Diane Villax, and two other Hungarian refugees: Nicholas de Horthy and Andrew Onody, thus forming the name HOVIONE.

What we do

Hovione is a Contract Development and Manufacturing Company dedicated to helping Pharmaceutical Customers bring new and off-patent drugs to market.